What Is An Urban Planner?

<p>This "executive summary" from <em>U.S. News and World Report</em> describes what it means to be an urban planner -- named one of the 31 best careers.</p>
December 20, 2007, 8am PST | Nate Berg
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"Should a new stadium be built downtown? How can a county reduce sprawl while providing appealing, affordable housing? What should the city demand of a developer who's pushing a new project? To address questions like these, planners gorge themselves on data, conduct studies, and hold public hearings. Before making a recommendation, they'll end up wearing many hats: civil engineer, architect, economist, budget analyst, sociologist, and politician. A diplomat's touch is necessary if you expect your plan to survive all the stakeholders with competing interests."

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Published on Wednesday, December 19, 2007 in U.S. News & World Report
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